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23 September 2013 @ 08:13 pm
Hannibal 1x02: "I Can't Say You're Growing On Me"  
Okay…. late tot the party this time, but better late than never! ^___^

Leigh and Amber both already brilliantly covered the title of this week's episode, "Amuse-Bouche". Amber also observed that they don't look very tasty. I would just like to add that, not only will all dishes served at this hypothetical rewatch party be vegetarian, they will also be free of culinary pretense. So, let the caffeine, chocolate-chip cookie-dough ice-cream and Twizzlers flow!
(I don't even like Twizzlers-- but can you imagine Hannibal ever _eating_ a Twizzler? I can't even picture him saying it, let alone despoiling the sanctity of his mouth with such a thing! ^_~)

Do you get the feeling I like to thumb my nose at Hannibal? As long as I am out of biting range. Oh! Here's a good question. If I'm Jewish, does that mean eating me is or is not kosher? Questions, questions. ;-)




RECAP: Blah, blah, everything we saw in Episode One, Will is the puppy-person to defeat all puppy-persons (I think he's a long-lost cousin of Marco Pacella. Also, Hannibal-- how come your brown sport-coat and sweater vest ensemble coordinates perfectly with the interior of the Welding HR Trailer? Do you get prophetic visions of how you should dress in the morning? Heaven forbid you go somewhere where the decor has the nerve to clash with whatever it is you're wearing.


[+] Will is shooting-- rather wildly and intensely-- in his nightmares. I don't care if it's all in your head, Will, POLICE YOUR BRASS!!!

In all seriousness, as Leigh points out, one of the most disturbing factors-- at least early on-- is that Will's dreams don't deviate too far from reality. Yes, there are one or two things off (giant stag, anyone?), but there aren't any talking tea-cups, or flower-clocks growing out of the walls. As his nightmares get more surreal, the sad truth is that they only echo the horrible things he's seen in waking life. Jack is, wittingly or not, dragging him out where only the big fishies swim.

And those are the fishies that bite.


[+] Will wakes to Jack saying, far too cheerfully, "We're here!"

What, in hell?

[ext Hobb's cabin]

Eh, close enough.

[+] Personally, I find the antler room creepy from a simple visual standpoint, more than anything else. My Uncle had a few mounted deer's heads when I was growing up, and they are one of the few purely physical things that inspire terror in me. (Another being: clowns. Thank you, Stephen King.)

[+] Jack thinks Hobbs might have had an accomplice. Ie, "Someone who is in a coma, who hunted with him."

Really, Jack? I hope you we're going for subtlety. Poor Abigail-- the two people behaving with the most earnest sympathy for her are Will (because he feels it) and yet another crazy cannibal serial killer (because, say what you will, Hannibal is _good_ at faking it). She's been dealt a shit hand, and she's not even conscious yet.

Also, Will would like to point out that you can make gelatin out of human bones.
You mean like this Will, huh, huh, huh? Amber was totally there before you, darling.
Incidentally, if Hannibal had a flowery and/or bunny rabbit jelly mould, I would be so amused I might never speak again.

[+] Amber has observed the distressing fact that Freddie Lounds is _naked_ as she's posting grisly crime-scene photos to her blog. I wish this fact had come to my attention on its own, but no-- I was too busy wondering how her hair stays that tightly curled when it's wet. ^^;

[+] Will enters the classroom to the sound of applause. Even more than his verbal protests, I love how Dancy's body language becomes still more pinched and awkward. I can't think of an elegant way to phrase it-- it's like watching someone try to be turtle and porcupine at the same time. X-x;;

And, just for that, GRAHAM WILL ASK YOU TRICK QUESTIONS AND TAKE AWAY ALL THE POINTS HAHAHAHA. So there.

[+] Alana has come to (rather uselessly) warn Will that Jack wants him back in the field. And apparently, what Jack wants is ALLLLL that matters.
(And his beauty sleep, oh, I'm sorry, I'm not impressed.)

[+] JACK: "Hannibal is a better fit."
Ahahaha, there are so many horrible, funny, and horrifically funny ways to interpret this sentence. First of all, Hannibal's number one priority right now is to eliminate the professional distance between himself and Special Agent Graham forthwith. You can see him physically eating up the space as he circles Will, later.
See this picture? This picture is a ten thousand word essay on the Hannibal/Will relationship. The only person who knows more about poison dripping in the ear is the Ghost in Hamlet. *rimshot*

[+] WILL: "Therapy doesn't work on me."
*raises hand* Me neither!
… oh, I'm sorry, we _weren't_ taking an informal poll. My mistake. ^^;;;;

[+] Hannibal declares Will "totally functional and more or less sane". Leigh phrases this so much better than I do-- Hannibal is INDEED eager to get to work altering that. You can practically see him pushing up his sleeves.

[+] WILL: "Did you just rubber stamp me?"
Yes, Will, and this is where you should start getting REALLY nervous. Forget the fact it's Hannibal Lecter for a moment-- just focus on the act itself. Nothing is free, especially not little moments between working professionals where someone deliberately 'unsees' something. It's not a gift. At best, the price will be emotional obligation; at worst, it will be Hannibal's old quid pro quo.
And on an absolute-cold-war-destruction-level, William, it could be your sanity. Or, you know, what's left of it.

Yes, I realize I sound reeeeaaally paranoid here, but I would never let anyone at work do something like this for me unless I knew/could prove something about them that was ten times worse.
(Okay, so I'm a horrible, paranoid person. *thumbs up* Character flaws, baby.)


[+] Speaking of obligation, Hannibal asks Will if he feels any obligation towards Abigail. Will, bless his puppy-soul, spikes the question right back at him. (This is one thing I do love about their dynamic-- even though Will is playing two dimensional chess while Hannibal has borrowed Star Trek's 3-D set-- Will never, ever afraid to attempt to pin Hannibal in return. Does he succeed? Pretty much never. But he tries, which is more than anyone else does. ^_^)

At any rate, Hannibal replies that he feels, "… a staggering amount of obligation…"
… to screw things up further! Wheee!

Will wants to know if this is therapy or a support group. See above picture re Hannibal whispering dark, corrosive sweet nothing's in poor Will's ear.

As Leigh pointed out, we get to the case pretty late in this episode-- the procedural structure is there, but it acts as a frame while the characters play out the story. It's a refreshing twist on most 'cop shows', where the reoccurring cast acts as a frame for the procedural storyline.


[+] [exterior shot with a group of would-be nature scouts coming across an oddly irregular patch of growth]
BOYS: It's marijuana!
No, dears, it's a bunch of fungus-riddled human bodies, some of which may or may not be still experiencing automatic functions. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO DRUGS.

… I can't think of a single damn thing in health class that would be more effective. ^_~ Their moms could keep dragging this out for years!
"Billy, do you know what happens to boys who don't clean their rooms?"
"Joey, do you know what happens to boys who have unprotected sex?"
"Timmy, do you know what happens to boys who DON'T WASH THEIR HANDS!?"

[+] HI BEVERLY, HI! See my new Hannibal icon? It's perfect. It doesn't even _need_ a caption but, if it had one, it would be "beverly katz does not except your bull shit answer GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN!"

[+] A woman correcting a man's firing stance? I believe I can die happy now. <3 <3 <3

[+] See, a warning about body horror (especially in this episode), in entirely justified. What is Meredith doing? Admiring the emerald-and-peridot dappling and golden lining of forest leaves in the pale sunlight, and the pearl-shell colors of the mushrooms. It's not my fault! Sometimes this show makes horrible things look TOO DAMN PRETTY. (See Amber's comment re basically all food prepared by Hannibal).

[+] We see the pendulum swing again. Leigh is completely right-- both based on the books, and on the verbatim script for the first episode (which I cannot find again!). I, however, am a big silly who didn't realize this until three episodes in, and even then only when fandom pointed it out to me. O-o;

One of the scariest things about this whole show is Hugh Dancy's face when Will 'trances out'. It's not just the fact he takes on another personality. It's the fact that, for a moment in between, it looks like ABSOLUTELY NO ONE IS HOME. *shudder*


[+] Oh, look, Freddie's bitten off more then she can chew. An alternate title for this episode could be, "Freddie Lounds' Close Brush With Death". If you are trying to make me feel bad for hoping she gets eaten, show, I'm not impressed.

Clearly, Hannibal isn't impressed either. When she claims she's 'embarrassed', he gives her this look like; "Really? Is it amateur night at the Sociopath Lounge?"


[+] HANNIBAL: Come, sit by me.

Nooooooooooo! Bad touch! BAD TOUCH!

[+] Jack, not only is Hannibal giving you a disgusted look for openly mentioning your mother to a psychiatrist, he is also making note of the fact you TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL. For shame.

I have nothing to say about the pony metaphor. I leave you, simply, with this exchange from M*A*S*H:

MARGARET: Must you ride him?
HAWKEYE: I'll get off soon, I only paid for an hour.
-"Dear Peggy"

[+] And, so, the SWAT team descends upon a sleepy little suburban grocery because apparently there's a spill in isle five late night pharmacists are even more creepy than previously thought.

[+] Again from a serious angle: Jack makes Beverly read a salacious article about her coworker in front of said coworker and all of THEIR coworkers. At what point, Special Agent Crawford, will you start exhibiting some simple retail-management skills? You are like every single badly-acted HR training video example ROLLED INTO ONE. Hannibal really doesn't have to work that hard at making Will feel alienated-- you've done more than half the work for him!

[+] Exit Will, pursued by a stag. No, the stag isn't frightening. But it is BIG, and well-constructed in terms of graphics, and it looks like it would be fun to ride.
(Also, every possible relentlessly kinky Will/Stag fic that's ever crossed your mind in the darkest reaches of the night? Already written. THIS FANDOM.)

[+] Alana, Will has completely noticed you to have never been alone in a room together, you lose.

[+] WILL: (to Hannibal) "You're supposed to be my paddle."
… NO, Will. Just NO.

[+] HANNIBAL: "Killing must feel good to G-d, too. He does it all the time. And are we not created in his image?"
The Church should make all applicants to the priesthood talk to Hannibal for an hour before they take their vows.
How do you spell, SEVERE ONTOLOGICAL CRISIS?


And, so we don't end on a depressing note, I leave you with this:

Bela Lugosi and Hannibal Lecter:
Father and Son? Think About It, Won't You. ^____^





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Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on September 24th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Oh, Hannibal might say "Twizzler," but the quote marks would be audible.

Maaarrrcoooo. :( Polo.

Jack is, wittingly or not, dragging him out where only the bit fishies swim. / And those are the fishies that bite.
I love this so much, god. :O I... this is up to you, but man, I would so take that on an icon (with total credit to you, of course), if you feel so inclined.

Meredith, have you seen the articles about that dude in the little town in Britain going around dressed as Pennywise and then having the audacity to be like "idk why people think I'm creepy."

ASK YOU TRICK QUESTIONS AND TAKE AWAY ALL THE POINTS
A++

The only person who knows more about poison dripping in the ear is the Ghost in Hamlet. *rimshot*
jkalsdjkslaj

*thumbs up* Character flaws, baby.
I hope neither of you takes offense, but I feel like these few words kind of sum up you and me and Leigh some days. At least we own it!

This is one thing I do love about their dynamic-- even though Will is playing two dimensional chess while Hannibal has borrowed Star Trek's 3-D set-- Will never, ever afraid to attempt to pin Hannibal in return. Does he succeed? Pretty much never. But he tries, which is more than anyone else does.
Uh huh. :(

Their moms could keep dragging this out for years!
That is evil and hilarious at the same time. :D

Hannibal really doesn't have to work that hard at making Will feel alienated-- you've done more than half the work for him!
Seriously. Unless the article was going to "FYI, the fungus-loving serial killer reading this is hiding at 123 Generic Avenue," reading it was not that immediate.

WILL: (to Hannibal) "You're supposed to be my paddle."
… NO, Will. Just NO.

This show is actually like watching someone slide down a slippery incline toward a nest of spikes.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love2garnettrees on September 24th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, Hannibal might say "Twizzler," but the quote marks would be audible.
You're right-- and those quote marks might melt from the amount of derision in his tone. ;-)

Maaarrrcoooo. :( Polo.
Heee! Why must the puppy people hurt so, Amber? Especially the adorable puppy-people with perm stubbles and messy curls and thick dark glasses, huh, huh, huh?

I love this so much, god. :O I... this is up to you, but man, I would so take that on an icon (with total credit to you, of course), if you feel so inclined.
I would be very honored, and I would definitely add it to my collection! I need a good text icon-- I really don't have one.

Meredith, have you seen the articles about that dude in the little town in Britain going around dressed as Pennywise and then having the audacity to be like "idk why people think I'm creepy."
Yes, I _have_! At which point I want to beat this guy over the head with a hard-cover, unabridged version of IT. Dudes, how did you get through all 1000+ pages of that novel and still COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT?

It's like the idiot who named his all-natural food substitute Soylent Green. No points, EVAR. Go home.

I hope neither of you takes offense, but I feel like these few words kind of sum up you and me and Leigh some days. At least we own it!
I don't take offense at all! I am nothing without my flaws. I take comfort in knowing that my (our) flaws, while possibly pathological, are at least better than pretense, hubris and the self-involvement I see consistently demonstrated by upper management. ^_~ Oh, and I'm judging! I can add that, too! ;-)

Seriously. Unless the article was going to "FYI, the fungus-loving serial killer reading this is hiding at 123 Generic Avenue," reading it was not that immediate.
Hey, I find a lot of forged checks and money orders going to that address! Mr. Fungus-Loving Serial Killer must be renting his place out to petty crooks. ^_~

Really, it's just another way Jack a) doesn't consider Will's feelings and b) consistently denigrates Will in front of his coworkers. Bad coaching skills, Jack!

This show is actually like watching someone slide down a slippery incline toward a nest of spikes.
Filled with scorpions and arsenic, yes.

You're right, the entire theme of this show is, "Someone PLEASE help Will Graham." You have a tumblr? I'm under garnettrees there, too, though I don't post that much. ^_^ I got one after you suggested, for my Jelfie pic.
Amber: v | the good seems fuckin' cheapminttown1 on September 24th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Did you want to make the awesome text icon, or do you want me to try, or...?

I am super judgmental, too! Yay.

Which reminds me, I see that we are now mutual follows on tumblr, and I gotta tell you that tumblr brings out the worst in me and I am not always a very nice person over there. :X
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: badgirlsgarnettrees on September 25th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Did you want to make the awesome text icon, or do you want me to try, or...?
Oh no, you definitely do it! I loved the one you made for Leigh, and my new version of Photoshop (while great for catching the nuances of scanned images) is _really_ shitty for text. I'd be proud to exhibit you work, is all I'm saying. ^_^

I gotta tell you that tumblr brings out the worst in me and I am not always a very nice person over there. :X
Don't worry about it! I don't post there a lot, but when I do it tends to involve really inappropriate tags like #captive!charles and #kinkmeme. And I already love following you!
Amber: hannibal | crime-solving hipster kidminttown1 on September 25th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
aaargh idk I am not a graphics whiz.

protip: make all text icons in Microsoft Word. ;P
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: bigfishiesgarnettrees on September 26th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
I LOVE IT! *hugs icon to death* It's perfect, especially the little zinger at the end, literally swimming underneath the waves. I think it's unanimous-- you are indeed the CHAMPION ICON MAKER of this (in fact, all!) HANNIBAL VIEWINGS!

*also hugs Amber*

protip: make all text icons in Microsoft Word. ;P
I didn't even know you could do graphics like that in Microsoft word. X-x;; So it is a pro-tip!

Love,
Meredith
Amber: hannibal | somebody please help willminttown1 on September 26th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I play with the text in word, set the font color and page color to whatever I want, then print-screen it, copy it to a graphics program, and crop and save it from there. I have a free photoshop knock-off (paint.net) that is pretty horrible for text, so that is what I do. :)
gamesiplay: Hannibalgamesiplay on September 25th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
Isn't my icon awesome? Amber, I hereby nominate you BESTEST ICON-MAKER OF THE COLLECTIVE HANNIBAL VIEWING OF AUTUMN 2013, can I get a second? :)

You guys are actually making me a little sad that I'm not on tumblr.

Finally: Meredith, sorry to be making random minor comments here before I respond to your entry! I'm going to try to do it tonight, but if I turn out to be too exhausted and brain-dead after working a full customer-service shift while sick today, rest assured that I will do it tomorrow.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: bigfishiesgarnettrees on September 26th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Isn't my icon awesome? Amber, I hereby nominate you BESTEST ICON-MAKER OF THE COLLECTIVE HANNIBAL VIEWING OF AUTUMN 2013, can I get a second? :)

I second that! THE MOTION IS CARRIED! The Senator from California has the floor. ;-)

Finally: Meredith, sorry to be making random minor comments here before I respond to your entry! I'm going to try to do it tonight, but if I turn out to be too exhausted and brain-dead after working a full customer-service shift while sick today, rest assured that I will do it tomorrow.
Don't worry about it, my dear. We like our Leighs healthy, well-rested, and of the non-zombie variety! Please take care of yourself, first! I had a terrible stomach ache all day, and so went right to bed when I got home. I will probably watch 1x03 in the morning, and comment late Thursday night. Please take all the time you need!

*brings Leigh fluffy pillows and non-cannibal chicken soup*
-Meredith
gamesiplay: the lion is ALWAYS in the goddamned roomgamesiplay on September 26th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
I will probably watch 1x03 in the morning, and comment late Thursday night. Please take all the time you need!

I think this is my plan for tonight too. I work tomorrow but then I HAVE FRIDAY OFF, so I'll probably watch and post (and finish commenting here) sometime late tomorrow. <3

Hope you're feeling better!
Amber: hannibal | somebody please help willminttown1 on September 26th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Aww, you guys. <3

p.s. Tumblr has fun fandom stuff, and it also has so much current events and social justice stuff that you'll just spend all your time feeling angry and impotent about the world between TV jokes. It's a weird contrast that works horribly together.
gamesiplaygamesiplay on September 25th, 2013 08:42 am (UTC)
I hope neither of you takes offense, but I feel like these few words kind of sum up you and me and Leigh some days. At least we own it!

None whatsoever taken. I am glad to be in such good company. :)